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Al-Qaeda Origins

The origins of Al-Qaeda can be traced back to the Soviet War in Afghanistan.
This conflict had the Afghan Marxists and allied Soviet troops on one side and
the native Afghan mujahideen, some of whom were radical Islamic militants, on
the other. Osama bin Laden supported the jihad against the Afghan Marxist
regime. ("Afghanistan War")

Toward the end of the Soviet Military mission in Afghanistan, some Mujahideen
wanted to expand their operations to include Islamic struggles in other parts of
the world.  Al-Qaeda was founded by Osama bin Laden. A number of interrelated
organizations were formed to further these goals. One of the organizations was
Al-Qaeda, formed by bin Laden with an initial meeting held on August 11, 1988.
("The Origin of Al-Qaeda")


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